|Comic by Sailorswayze|
As a kid in high school I was a geek, but a closet geek. Because back then it wasn’t as hip to talk about my love for the X-men, or debate the finer points of why Lothlorien would be an amazing place to live. Sure we had our fanzines and amongst friends it was perfectly acceptable to geek out, but growing up it wasn’t even hip to be known as “The Brain” let alone the constant new girl. I have also for the most part been a bit of an introvert. I was the girl who climbed trees just to a read a book and had a small group of friends, but I wasn’t popular by any means. My moments of geekiness were at home or relegated to copious amounts of movie quotes interjected into daily conversations. I had my Clash of the Titans lunch box, some fangirl t-shirts and Halloween was my favorite day when I could finally express my nerd love in the form of Wonder Woman or Princess Kneesaa the Ewok. Yep the Ewok. Thankfully I had a brother who let me play with his action figures and who had wars with me as they were far more interesting than playing with Barbies. Granted sometimes my Little Pony may be ridden by a MASK figure or the Transformers may have teamed up with She-Ra to save the world. With my brother I could be a geek.
|Comic by RadRangy|
Even now that geeks are in, I still get the ‘oh you must be reserving Gears of War for your boyfriend’ or ‘What do you mean you like Hammer horror films’. Oh I don’t know because those are the things that I like. I know these have always been male dominated niches, but the ladies are moving in boys. Deal with it. We geek out as much as you do. I can beat your score in Mass Effect Multiplayer and name the original Avengers (Ant Man and the Wasp). When I wear my Sweet Zombie Jesus necklace you bet I know where that quote came from. I want a vanity license plate that says Allons-y and am re-watching Battlestar Galactica with Hailey.
Being a geek shouldn’t be something that anyone is left out of. We were all there once if you were a geek in school. And even if you are a new geek, welcome to the club. Be passionate about what you love. It doesn’t have to be comics or pop culture related. Be a train geek or an urban fantasy geek, love to LARP or squee over Hitchcock films. Maybe you are an Astronomy geek or a Robot geek. Maybe you love creating your own custom action figures. Who cares. Just love it. And I think that is what is important.
Stop the backlash guys. Get over it. Is there any good reason to keep girls from wanting to become interested in geeky subjects? Don’t do the hipster thing. Don't be exclusive. Find kinship, celebrate with others. Isn’t that the point? And share. By Gods, share. Addict others to all things geeky and then we can rule the world.
Next time we'll discuss the fake girl geek.